All-New Renault CLIO - Geneva Motor Show 2019

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All-New Renault CLIO - Geneva Motor Show 2019

The new fifth-generation Clio is Renault’s most advanced supermini to date, with an evolutionary exterior design but dramatically overhauled interior fitted with new technology.

The Clio, which was announced last month and is making its debut at the Geneva motor show, is smaller outside yet roomier inside, with a lighter body built on the CMF-B platform - Renault’s first car to do so.

At 4048mm long, it is 14mm shorter than before, with a 6mm-shorter wheelbase and a roof that’s up to 30mm lower. The body-in-white is 22kg lighter, with higher-strength steel for improved passive safety, and an all-new electrical architecture for additional assistance systems.

The Clio will make its UK debut this autumn with a 75bhp 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, as well as the 1.0-litre turbo already seen on the new Nissan Micra with which it shares a platform. The turbo will be available in 99bhp form with either a manual or CVT automatic gearbox, or as a 129bhp version available solely with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A 1.5-litre diesel will follow with a choice of 84bhp or 114bhp.

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In 2020, though, it will become the first Renault to use a hybrid powertrain. The system, known as E-tech, will use an 89bhp petrol engine mated to a 40bhp electric motor and 1.2kWh battery. The brand claims it will drive “like an EV” and be 70% electrically powered in town, with three driving modes and regenerative braking.

The same drivetrain but with a 9.8kWh battery will make the Captur SUV the first B-segment plug-in hybrid, with an electric-only range of 25 to 30 miles.

It will also be the first car from the brand to be offered in a new Renaultsport-inspired RS Line trim package. RS Line Clios will gain a wider, more aggressive front grille and a faux diffuser for the rear bumper. They will also get a larger exhaust and bespoke alloy wheels, while much of the chrome-effect exterior trim panels will be replaced with Renaultsport-specific gunmetal grey versions.

RS Line cars also receive black and red interior trim accents throughout the cabin, including on the rear seats.

As to whether a full-bore Clio RS was on the way, Renault’s spokesperson would only confirm that the turbocharged 1.8-litre engine seen in the Megané RS would ‘physically fit’ inside the new CMF-B platform - although the presence of Renaultsport programme director Michael Grosjean at the pre-launch preview gives a good indication of Renault’s future plans.

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